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Commission to consider recommendation June 22 for mountain lion season

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider a staff recommendation to approve a proposed 2019 mountain lion season when it meets June 22 in Ogallala. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Mid-Plains Community College conference room, 512 East B St. A public hearing on the mountain lion recommendation will begin at 9 a.m. The proposed season would provide a harvest opportunity for up to eight mountain lions in two sub-units within the Pine …

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Big game hunters should be advised of new draw unit permit payment system

LINCOLN, Neb. – Applicants for antelope, deer and elk draw unit permits should be advised of a change to the payment system this year. Starting this year, fees of $5.50 for antelope, $7 for deer and $10 for elk are due at the time of application. The remaining permit fee is due, if a permit is awarded, within 15 days of draw notification. Applications will be accepted June 11-22 for the 2018 big game hunting seasons. The application period begins …

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Big game draw permit application period begins June 11

LINCOLN, Neb. – Residents and nonresidents may apply for one 2018 Nebraska deer permit in any draw unit beginning June 11, and residents may apply for one elk permit and one buck or either-sex antelope permit in available units. The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time (CT) on June 11. Paper applications must be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by 5 p.m. CT – or by 11:59 p.m. for online applications – on June 22. …

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Spring Turkey 2018, Snakes and Turkey Talismans

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I promised last week that there would be more spring turkey hunting stories coming.  Here ya go. . . . My son and I did some hunting in southeast Nebraska and then a little over a week later slipped out west.  We had a family celebration to attend to, my daughter graduated from NCTA (Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture) in Curtis so naturally we were out for that.  Emily got a diploma and a nifty-looking belt buckle; I got a …

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Commission to hold hearing June 22 regarding mountain lion season

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will hold a public hearing on June 22 in Ogallala regarding a proposed 2019 mountain lion season. The meeting will take place at the Mid-Plains Community College Conference Room, 512 E. B St., at 9 a.m. The proposed season would provide a harvest opportunity for up to eight mountain lions in two sub-units within the Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska. The proposed season would allow the population to remain resilient and …

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Hunter education instructor training set in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will provide training June 6 in Lincoln for future hunter education instructors. This free training is required for all individuals who have applied to become firearm and bowhunter education instructors. Others interested in becoming a hunter education instructor who have not yet applied may also attend and complete an application at this training. Teaching materials will be provided. Training will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Game and Parks …

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Still Time for Nebraska Gobblers

Still have an open Nebraska Spring Turkey Permit?  If so, you could be holding the golden-ticket to some of the best memory-maker hunts the spring has to offer.  You might need some minor tweaks to your strategies, though… More and more hens are starting to nest full time now.  While some others, for whatever reason, won’t be nesting at all this year.  So gobblers are trolling for any and all the remaining hens interested in breeding while avoiding hens that …

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Spring Turkey 2018, Chapter 1

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Once again this blog will be interrupted from its usual fish and fishing content because its author has been distracted by gobbling turkeys.  Actually, Nebraska’s spring turkey season has been ongoing for several weeks now, about time to give a report. . . . One advantage that Nebraska offers spring turkey hunters is the ability to hunt statewide on the same permit.  Each spring I enjoy some casual hunts close to home, when time allows, as well as some more …

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What Is R.A.W.A. And Why Should I Support It?

You’re a hunter. You’re an angler. Or, perhaps you’re both like me. Maybe, you’re even a trapper. You know that you are the principal contributor, the main backer of wildlife conservation, management, habitat enhancement and protection in our country. You know that hunters and anglers were the driving forces behind the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, a set of wildlife management and conservation principles established more than a century ago that declare fish and wildlife belong to all Americans, and that they need to be scientifically managed in a way …

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Celebrating Bird Month With Turkey Talk

It invokes such strong feelings of excitement that it escapes words. It is a crazy sound in nature, really, perhaps even a bit comical. The sound, made by a wild bird and denoting spring, is actually a loud, shrill, descending, gurgling, throaty jumble of chords that lasts about 1-2 seconds. This the gobble of a male wild turkey. https://www.nwtf.org/_resources/dyn/files/1475676z54066659/_fn/Gobbling.mp3 For those of us who enjoy being outdoors during spring in the Nebraska countryside, whether bird watching, turkey hunting or doing …

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